In the 12 years that I was running my bird store, the most frequently asked question was” What kind of bird should I get?” Here are some question to answer when considering that question:
- Do you live alone?
- Do you have a spouse, family or significant other? If so, it is important that everyone shares in the care of love of this bird.
- What is your day like? Are you away at work all day? Or do you work at home? Right away, if you are gone all day and most evenings, a bird is not the pet for you. Birds are not generally solitary creatures like pandas; they live in flocks and pair off in breeding season. A lonely bird will be apathetic, may pluck and will generally be unhappy.
- Do you have close neighbors or live in an apartment? Some avian species are noisier than others. Check that out. The larger cockatoos, macaws, most amazons are loud.
- What type of person are you ? Do you prefer a quieter lifestyle or do you like lots of people and lots of noise around? Amazons LOVE TO PARTY and sing and scream and talk at the top of their lungs.
- What do you want from your bird? Are you looking for a talker? A cuddler? A small bird that is charming, but can only take up so much space because you only have so much space?
- Which birds will get along with the rest of the zoo that I have?
- And last, but not least, are you willing to spend the money it takes to make your bird happy?:
- A healthy diet is lots of fresh fruit, veggies, a good seed diet(not Walmart), Avian pellets and anything else that is species specific
- A good vet, preferably one that specializes in birds
- A large roomy cage, a playgym, and everchanging toys and amusements.
DO NOT TAKE A FREE BIRD UNTIL YOU FIND OUT WHY THE OWNER WANTS TO GET RID OF IT.
Does it bite? Does it hate Women? Men? Children? Does it pluck? And worst of all, is it an incessant screamer?
When you are trying to decide which bird is right for you, visit as many reputable bird stores and interact with as many birds as possible. You will find that one of those birds will pick you.
Whatever you do, do not get a bird that does not like you; neither one of you will be happy.